Butterflies in flight. The design image was that of a chair that would "welcome" gracefully - with the graceful movement of a butterfly - which in Latin is called a "papilio". Grande Papilio was designed with fluidity around an upside-down truncated cone. The ample space of its large upper back and the curved shape of its cosy seat are a clear signs of a desire to offer maximum comfort to anyone who wants to sit it this chair. This is a truly iconic product, even though its aesthetics were not a high priority according to the designer. Fukasawa, who puts people's behaviour before an interest for shape, said: “I wanted the chair to look naturally comfortable, to have the same shape that relaxation would have if it were represented by an image." The wings that extend at the sides of the chair emphasise the sensation of comfort: in the chair and the small armchair, they help support the hips and the back; in the Grande Papilio chair and the Love Papilio sofa, they cushion the head to offer isolation and tranquillity. The same spirit of simplicity, immediacy and comfort have guided the functional development of the entire Papilio series: the Grande Papilio and Piccola Papilio armchairs, the chairs Papilio and Mini Papilio, the Love Papilio sofa and the Papilio bed.
The Coronado project is one of the foundation projects from the research of Afra and Tobia Scarpa. It emerged from the proposal to match an iron frame with the revolutionary technology of cold moulded polyurethane foam, which B&B Italia introduced to the furnishing sector.This is one of the most interesting examples of all-inclusive design. In addition to the intrinsic innovations that Coronado presented in terms of design, materials and technologies, the design also included optimising production times and the company's international calling. The project consisted of four distinct structural pieces (held together with only two screws). This made it possible to use separate processes, with the added advantage that the disassembled pieces could be easily stored and shipped all over the world.The product design, or rather its aesthetics, actually determined its success: the proportioned sizes and anti-traditional image free from those heavy lines that were so popular at that time. Coronado was conceived as a trait-d'union between period furniture and the growing desire for modernity, and it fulfilled the expectations of the upper middle class at that time.Coronado is still the traditional sofa with an evergreen design, the very image of relaxation. It guarantees comfort with a suspension system made from harmonic steel bands inserted into the structure of the back. In addition to the sofas and the armchair, the collection also has a high back armchair with its innovative ottoman.
B&B Italia has an extensive amount of technological know-how (the technology of polyurethane injection moulding, for example) and it uses this information to build its company. Now, it has decided to give the creation of Mr. Pesce, the UP series, the most appropriate language to express this technology, and also to turn it into a fragment of contemporary art to offer to a vast public. In 1969, a series of sofas and armchairs called “Serie UP” came out, a total of seven pieces. They were ahead of the times for the project that generated them, and also for the technical procedures used to make them.
"B & B Atoll is a multi-functional series that reinterprets traditional elements, such as a cylinder cushion bag, connecting them with a delicate and shiny structure that can smoothly integrate with contemporary languages. It is versatile because it is versatile It can be used in environments, from * for formal scenes, with armchairs, to informal environments, thanks to the ability to create an L-shaped structure for it, while using the couch as a terminal element. "
The Harbor series of armchairs and ottoman, presented with success in 2017, is enhanced by a new, equally contemporary and sinuous sofa. A range extention in the sign of design continuity, result of Fukasawa’s research into seating in the shape of upside-down truncated cone.
"Most of the time, design is made up of details," said Antonio Citterio, "mainly for upholstered furnishings, where design has become a question of sensitivity."Harry is named after Harry Bertoia, one of the grand masters of design, in line with Antonio Citterio's decision to consistently name his creations after famous designers from the past. It is a sofa that opened a new path in the sector, attributing value to the apparent simplicity of the formal appearance while calling attention and recognition to the furniture foot.Harry was created in 1995 after a detail was modified. But let's let the designer tell that story. "Harry emerged after a series of products connected with tradition. I was convinced that that family of sofas didn't work because something was missing. It needed some sort of thing to draw it into modernity. This is important because, even if nobody knows, 'Harry' is the same product with one detail modified: the aluminium foot. It's a small detail that conveyed a certain sense of lightness, that allowed us to transform the approach from a product bound to tradition to a decidedly modern product. And that was all it took for it to become successful. However, Harry was also proof of the equilibrium that had been established between the project and its industrial development, and between the designer and the B&B Italia Centro Ricerche. My designs are almost simple sketches that express an idea. I depend on the dialogue and story telling with the research and development department to do the rest."
The new upholstered Dock sofa system by Piero Lissoni is a safe haven in the home. The Dock’s shape is based around a solid platform which supports the eclectic compositions that span horizontally. The platform is a dynamic element, which extends for the sofa’s entire length to form a base. The narrower armrest is available in two depth sizes and is generously padded like the backrest. The cushions play with sizes and proportions, making it possible to create double-sided, corner and chaise longue compositions, with or without backrests which are suitable for the centre of the room or more traditional settings Dock can also be developed vertically and is equipped with accessories that allow to create a varied landscape. It is in fact possible to insert extra elements between the seat cushions such as comfortable padded armrests, while slender service elements can be placed on the platform. These supporting elements for the body and objects provide further choices, for a visual rhythm which gives additional possibilities to experience and conceive the system. The armrest and seat cushions have elegant tone-on-tone stitching. In addition to the classic B&B Italia fabric and leather upholstery range, two new exclusive fabrics have been designed for Dock. The comfortable soft padding creates a peaceful harbour, which can be further defined by the possibility to select from different depths and heights. Three depths that can be combined with a 41 cm seat height, or with a lower 27 cm version which is almost ground level to create an far eastern style seat. After spending some time on Dock, you can leave the port and set sail for unfamiliar places, rested, and refreshed.
Édouard is a family of innovative upholstered furniture endowed with powerful aesthetic and functional charm: armchair, sofas and sectional seating elements (chaise longue, terminal and corner elements) designed to create restful areas that suit both the space available and the personal taste. The system offers two typologies which differ in the back height structure, namely 92 cm for the armchair and sofas, and 85 cm for the sectional elements. The sofas have been designed to enhance comfort with a wide seat and a high backrest, which can also be fitted with a headrest, studied to ensure efficient and excellent ergonomic support.
Richard is the seating system which distinguishes itself by its balanced contemporary design, with references to classical atmospheres. Its modular theme is developed by 76 elements in two depths: 93 cm for more formal and contained solutions, and 123 cm for larger compositions and more informal seating. The extreme flexibility of the system and the ease with which the different elements can be assembled allows the living space to be interpreted in the most varied configurations, from formal to more relaxed, with seats, benches, ottomans and chaise longue. The wide range of covers, in fabric with matching tones or contrasting profiles, and in leather with profiles in the same leather, allows an even greater level of customisation, offering monochromatic or contrasting solutions. The structure is emphasized by a metallic profile at the base, either painted black chromed or pewter painted. Four sizes of optional cushions (65x50 cm, 48x48 cm, 55x30 cm, 38x38 cm) increase the comfort.
The elegant contemporary style of Michel takes on more classic tones in Michel Club, due to the differently proportioned seat cushion and base, and more a rigorous style in Michel Effe.This variety in the product range makes it possible to organise different types and methods of use, from formal to casual. A common denominator of the three seating systems is the wide variety of elements that make it possible to interpret the living space with extreme flexibility: 34 linear and modular elements and five ottomans.
It seems like yesterday but ten years have already passed since the Tufty-Time seating system was conceived by the creative talent of Patricia Urquiola. Tufty-Time '15 is celebrating this new milestone. It stands out for the new solution proposed by the textile version, namely the cover divided into large squares joined by a bottom fold conveys a modern personality that is unquestionable.
Since its first appearance Andy has become a classic with the elegance born of the calibrated proportions that design its effective geometry. The back can change its inclination from a horizontal and more modern position to a vertical one for more comfortable sitting. Other supporting elements include cushions with a rear roll that also functions as a headrest. Even converted from sofa with multiple configuration options to chaise longue it maintains the formal rigour intact.
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